Governor General of Canada

Governor General of Canada

September 07, 2009 07:15 ET

Message From Her Excellency the Right Honourable Michaelle Jean, Governor General and Commander-In-Chief of Canada, on the Death of Corporal Jean-Francois Drouin and Major Yannick Pepin

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Sept. 7, 2009) -

My husband Jean-Daniel Lafond and I were saddened to hear of the death of Corporal Jean-Francois Drouin and Major Yannick Pepin, both from 5e Regiment du genie de combat serving as members of the 2nd Battalion, Royal 22e Regiment Battle Group, based in Valcartier, Quebec. An improvised explosive device detonated near their armored vehicle while they were southwest of Kandahar. This terrible strike also injured five other members, who were evacuated by helicopter.

Our Canadian Forces soldiers deployed to one of the most dangerous areas of Afghanistan continue to demonstrate extraordinary selflessness and courage. Our thoughts are with them at all times, as we know to what point they brave danger daily and make every effort to lend a helping hand to a people deprived of the most basic rights. We cannot remain indifferent in the face of the altruism and sense of duty displayed by these exceptional men and women.

We join all Canadians at this painful time in offering our most sincere condolences to the families and loved ones of Corporal Drouin and Major Pepin. We extend to them our deepest sympathy. We also want to wish a quick recovery to the five injured members of this convoy. May they recover from this adversity under the best conditions. Our hearts are with them.

Michaelle Jean

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